Gregor Townsend shakes up Scotland as redemption sought against France | Michael Aylwin

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Coach has made six changes after chastening defeat in Wales while the visitors look to salve their own pain of defeat by Ireland

The anguished will gather in Edinburgh on Sunday. France suffered the most agonising of defeats in round one, scuppered by the Drop Goal from the End of the World, while Scotland can only dream of anything so dignified as agony. Such was their humiliation in Cardiff they were finished long before there was opportunity to feel pain – and all this just as they thought they were getting somewhere.

The truth is that Scotland have been flirting with achievement for ages now but they still seem to wilt as soon as anyone gives them a chance away from home. Respectability will not come until this infuriating failing is addressed.

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